2. Pool Shock
Your pool would be a pretty gross storehouse for human skin cells, oil, and other nasty microbes if it weren’t for pool chemicals. And of all the chemicals in your arsenal, pool shock is one of the most important to keep around.
When your pool starts to smell like a hotel pool, it’s time to shock your water. Your pool actually shouldn’t smell like anything when the water is balanced. This chemical smell means your sanitizer level is too low and is no longer doing its job.
Giving your pool a shock will bring sanitizer levels up to where they need to be, kill bacteria, and ensure your water is clean. It can also help address mild cases of algae.
To accomplish all those things most effectively, choose a calcium hypochlorite or cal hypo shock. Prevent the dreaded hotel pool smell by shocking your water once a week, or at least once every other week. The more you use your pool, the more often you’ll need to shock it.
You’ll also want to shock your pool after major water level changes, pool accidents involving someone’s bowels, severe rainstorms, or when you need to kill pool invaders like algae.
3. Algae Brush
Speaking of algae, this scourge of the swimming pool requires special care, so it makes sense to have special tools. When you’re dealing with a bad case of pool algae, the first step will be to scrub it off the pool’s surfaces.
An algae brush has stainless steel bristles that will easily break algae’s hold on walls, steps, and wherever else it may be hiding. It will save you a lot of time, and save your back.
Important: Stainless steel algae brushes are best for concrete or gunite pools. Opt for a regular nylon bristle pool brush if you have a vinyl liner to avoid damaging it.
4. Manual Vacuum
Like an algae brush, a manual vacuum can be a lifesaver in the event of an algae infestation. Once you’ve brushed the algae from your pool’s surfaces, you’ll need to remove it from the water, and the quickest way to do that is to vacuum it up.
But this handy pool tool has plenty of other uses too. For one thing, it bypasses your filtration system, so if you’re dealing with storm or flocculant debris, you don’t have to worry about smaller pieces getting back into your water once you vacuum them out.
Another benefit of a manual vacuum is the control it offers when you’re cleaning your pool. Sure, an automatic cleaner can save your time a muscle strain, but it might miss hard-to-reach spaces. A manual option in your pool supplies can help you spot-clean minor problem areas before they become major problem areas.
5. Telescoping Pole
Nope, you’re not looking into the heavens with this particular pool supply. A telescoping pole simply means the pole extends like an old-fashioned telescope. This makes it great for reaching the depths of your pool without having to bend, and for taking up minimal space when you put it away.
Telescoping poles are versatile cleaning support tools, especially since most come with the option for interchangeable heads. This means you only need one pole to use a pool skimmer, manual vacuum, or pool brush.
But the true benefit in this pole lies in its telescoping ability. Depending on the width of your pool, you won’t have to constantly walk around the deck to chase debris. You’ll also have the ability to shorten the pole for cleaning tasks that require a little less reach and more control, like vacuuming the pool steps.
6. Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner
Warm water, plenty of sunlight, and potential food sources like your body oils are huge draws for bacteria and algae. While your water chemistry goes a long way to keeping these contaminants at bay, a regular cleaning schedule is essential.
Keeping a mild, multi-purpose cleaner, or even one made specifically for pool surfaces among your pool supplies helps you tackle regular chores from cleaning your waterline to wiping down exposed parts of your pool ladder. (Be honest. When was the last time you gave that a thorough wipedown?)
Make sure you choose something less harsh than other cleaning products, so it’s safe for use on sensitive vinyl, fibreglass, and even solar covers. The last thing you want to do is scratch or otherwise damage your pool or any of its accessories.
7. Filter Cleaner
A significant part of your water’s health is directly related to how well your pool’s filter functions. Despite all your best efforts, dirt and grime buildup in your filter is an unavoidable part of pool life.
In fact, a little extra dirt might not hurt in some cases; collected dirt acts as an additional filtration layer for smaller particles trying to get through your system.
Still, the time will come when your filter must be cleaned in order to continue working the way it should. Filter cleaners help remove residue, prevent cloudy water, and improve the efficiency of your filter.
The cleaning schedule will depend on how often you use your pool and the type of filter you have. Pay attention to your pressure gauge and your water clarity to determine whether your filter needs a good cleaning.
8. Pool Cover
If you’re not a fan of using a pool skimmer, you definitely don’t want to skip out on a pool cover. It can help keep all manner of nasty debris out of your pool. Trust us, a good pool cover will save you a ton of headaches and heartache later.
When you close your pool for the winter, you add a significant amount of chemicals to maintain your water clarity and to prevent the growth of bacteria and algae. A pool cover will reduce the potential for water contamination and help protect your pool until you reopen it.
If you have a solid cover, you also don’t have to worry about your water level changes throughout the offseason. Mesh covers allow for some drainage, but they keep debris and bugs out.
Preventive pool supplies like pool covers can help take the stress out of reopening your pool once warmer weather rolls around. It’s the difference between scooping months-old leaves out of your water or jumping right into adding water and restarting your pump.
TIP: Robotic Pool Cleaner
Using a robotic pool cleaner will save you a ton of time helping to keep your pool clean, even when you’re not around.
Robotic pool cleaners, such as the Dolphin Premier OR Zodiac MX6 do all the hard work to keep your pool clean and ready for you to take a dip whenever you like and not have to worry about manually cleaning it.
We think having an Inground pool cleaner makes it one of the most helpful pool supplies you can have in your pool care arsenal.